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 Ruth Marie <I>Appel</I> Brinker

Ruth Marie Appel Brinker

Birth
Hartford, Minnehaha County, South Dakota, USA
Death 8 Aug 2011 (aged 89)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 102136547 · View Source
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~~ Ruth Marie Appel married Jack Brinker in San Francisco in 1957 and had two daughters, Lisa and Sara. They were divorced in 1965.
~~ At 63, Ruth Brinker became an American AIDS activist and founder of the nonprofit, Project Open Hand, after a friend with AIDS, who became too ill to provide for himself, died of starvation. She began her activism in 1985 by providing food and meals to home-bound AIDS patients in San Francisco who were too ill to cook or shop. She began organizing volunteers to deliver hot meals to AIDS patients in the city, using her own funds, passing the hat in local bars and persuading food vendors to donate. As of 2011, Project Open Hand provided 2,600 meals a day using $5.6 million in public and private donations. Brinker's nonprofit, Project Open Hand, has been copied by hundreds of organizations throughout the United States, United Kingdom and South Africa and has expanded to provide meals and other services to the elderly and people with other chronic illnesses.
~~ On August 8, 2011, Ruth Brinker passed away peacefully at Eden Villa Assisted Living Center, from complications of vascular dementia, at the age of 89. She is survived by her daughters, one grandson and a great-granddaughter. Interment was provided by Bay Area Cremation and Funeral services.


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  • Created by: Dan
  • Added: 13 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 102136547
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ruth Marie Appel Brinker (1 May 1922–8 Aug 2011), Find A Grave Memorial no. 102136547, ; Maintained by Dan (contributor 46920253) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.